What is Acupuncture & How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles at specific points on the body to strengthen, stimulate, and relieve various symptoms. The effectiveness of acupuncture in treating different types of issues has been proven in many well-controlled scientific studies.

Acupuncture is beneficial for anyone, providing a way to enhance the body's own ability to heal itself without the introduction of foreign substances. Over-the-counter or prescription medications can have potential side effects that can be damaging to your body and overall wellness. 

In ancient Chinese medicine, energy, also called Qi, is constantly moving through the body. Energy can get blocked, which causes an imbalance and disharmony, resulting in illness. The goal of acupuncture treatment is aimed at moving blockages and avoiding stagnation. It promotes a smooth and appropriate flow of energy through the body.

Modern studies reveal acupuncture stimulates one or more of the signaling systems that can increase the rate of healing. The primary signaling system affected by acupuncture is the Nervous System, which transmits signals along the nerves and emits a variety of biochemical influence over other cells of the body. The Nervous System has over 30 peptides involved in transmitting signals and shares a connection to the hormonal system via the adrenal gland. In addition, the Nervous System makes connections to every cell and system in the body.